Sunderland want Gabriel Agbonlahor and Richard Dunne

Villa on red alert as O'Neill plans to raid former club for Agbonlahor and Dunne

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07:17 GMT, 30 March 2012

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is planing a double swoop on former club Aston Villa for Gabriel Agbonlahor and Richard Dunne.

O'Neill has injected new life into the club since taking over from Steve Bruce and will be given money to spend in the summer.

And the Northern Irishman has targeted 7million-rated England forward Agbonlahor in a bid to solve his striking problems.

Eyes on the prize: Gabriel Agbonlahor is a reported target for Sunderland

Eyes on the prize: Gabriel Agbonlahor is a reported target for Sunderland

The Black Cats have struggled in front of goal this season with on-loan Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner failing to provide the required spark.

The Dane will return to the Emirates at the end of the season, leaving O'Neill searching for a proven goalscorer.

And, according to The Mirror, Agbonlahor has leapt to the top of his wanted list.

The 25-year-old started the season well but has scored just once since November.

Sidelined: Richard Dunne is currently injured with a fractured shoulder

Sidelined: Richard Dunne is currently injured with a fractured shoulder

That compares unfavorably to his final season under O'Neill when he netted 16 times.

Agbonlahor has had to compete with Darren Bent, ironically signed from Sunderland, at Villa Park and could be tempted by a reunion with his former boss.

O'Neill is also interested in signing Republic of Ireland defender Dunne but would have to convince him to move north.